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PG&E Troubleman: Rider on the Storm

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(08:40) Santa Cruz - The UCSC campus police reported that due to the strike that is taking place today, traffic is backed up in both entrances to the campus.     A spokesperson for the Teamsters Local 2010 says that administrative, clerical, and other support positions are striking due to being underpaid.   70 percent of staff members suffer from hunger or food insecurity, and wages have decreased by 24 percent over the last 18 years.  UCSC officials say the strike will not effect classes.

(06:25) Santa Cruz - The California Highway patrol has announced the all lanes on Highway 17 are now open. Northbound lanes were closed yesterday due to a mudslide that brought down trees and a power lines.   Crews worked over 24 hours to clear the area.   

An  environmental  site  assessment  of  Scotts  Valley  Middle  School,  will  be  presented  to  Scotts  Valley  Unified  School  District  board members  at  their  meeting  tomorrow  evening.    The  more  than 500  page  report  shows  that  only  2  of  the  7  potential  contaminants  require  further  action.    They  are  the  chemicals  that  were  used  to  kill  termites  (that  have  contaminated  some  of  the soil  on  the  site)   and  lead  (from  the  old  paint  on  the  building).    The  meeting  is  slated  to  begin  at  6 p-m   in   Scotts  Valley  City  Hall.

The San Lorenzo River in Felton, Corralitos Creek, the Carmel River in Carmel Valley, the Big Sur River in Big Sur, ALL spilled over their banks Sunday during the storm. Voluntary evacuations were ordered for the Interlake and College Road neighborhoods of Watsonville, after the Pajaro River levee nearly breached. The residents of 10 homes along the Carmel River were evacuated today due to flooding there. Heavy rain is forecast to return to the Central Coast tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night.....with yet another round of storms.

2  men,  who  managed  to  mostly  stay  on  their  surfboards  on  Aptos  Creek  Sunday,  were  swept  down  the  river  and  out  to  sea  at  Rio  Del  Mar  Beach.     They  then  managed  to  paddle  their  way  back  to  shore.     Locals,  who were  glad  the  duo  made  it  back  safely,  remembered  21  year-old   surfer  (Edward  Arko)  who  drowned  while  trying  to  surf  Soquel  Creek  with  friends  in  the  storms  of  1980. 

An  11  year-old  Watsonville  boy  was  rescued  yesterday  after he was  caught  in  swift-moving water  along  Laken  Drive.  That’s  near  the  intersection  of  Holohan  Road  and  Highway  152  around  1  p-m.      The  boy  was  playing  with  a  stick  when  he  lost his  footing  and  fell  into  the  water.     His  15  year-old  brother  jumped  in  and  kept  the  younger  boy’s  head  above  water  until  emergency  responders  got to  them. 

DUE  TO  A  SHORT-TERM  SERIOUS  WATER  SHORTAGE,   SANTA  CRUZ  CITY  WATER  CUSTOMERS  ARE  ASKED  TO  CUT  BACK  THEIR  WATER-USE  30  PERCENT  THIS  WEEK,  AND  TO  POSTPONE  ANY  NON-ESSENTIAL  USES  (SUCH  AS  LAUNDRY  AND  AUTOMATIC  DISHWASHERS).     THAT’S  BECAUSE  THE  STORM  CAUSED  A  LEAK  OF  ABOUT  15-HUNDRED  GALLONS-A-MINUTE  IN  THE  NEWELL  CREEK  PIPELINE.     THAT  PIPELINE,  WHICH  IS  THE  MAIN  ARTERY  FROM  THE  LOCH  LOMOND RESERVOIR  TO  THE  GRAHAM  HILL  WATER TREATMENT PLANT,   HAS  BEEN  SHUT  DOWN,   BUT  IT’S  EXPECTED  TO  TAKE  SEVERAL  DAYS  (TO  A  WEEK)  TO  REPAIR.     THAT  MEANS  THAT  SANTA  CRUZ  ONLY  HAS  ENOUGH  FOR  BASIC  PUBLIC  HEALTH  AND  SAFETY  NEEDS.

THE  ICONIC  TUNNEL  TREE  IN  CALAVERAS  COUNTY CAME  DOWN  OVER  THE  WEEKEND.   THE  ANCIENT  SEQUOIA,  FORMALLY  KNOWN  AS  THE  PIONEER  CABIN  TREE,   HAD THE TUNNEL  CARVED  OUT  IN  THE  LATE  1800’S….TO  ALLOW  HORSES  (AND  LATER  CARS)  TO  PASS  THROUGH  THE  LIVING TREE.    PEOPLE  HAVE  ONLY  BEEN  ALLOWED  TO  WALK  THROUGH  THE  TUNNEL  IN  RECENT  YEARS.      OVER  THE  WEEKEND,  THE  ANCIENT  TREE  FELL  DURING  A  MAJOR  RAINSTORM.

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